S4C has given the organisation Dyfodol i’r Iaith confirmation that open subtitles are not an intention in the future development of the channel.
This was revealed in a meeting between Dyfodol and Ian Jones, S4C’s Chief Executive.
The Chief Executive emphasised that the week of open subtitles at the beginning of March was intended as a campaign to raise awareness of subtitles. This was not an experiment for the future, and the intention is to continue to offer optional subtitles. The situation remains the same with open subtitles for some late-night repeats.
Following a constructive meeting, the organisation is satisfied that the channel will not be considering obligatory English subtitles for the foreseeable future.
Dyfodol also took advantage of the situation to discuss the channel’s promotion of the Welsh language, in addition to the opportunities and challenges offered by new technologies.
Following the meeting, Heini Gruffudd, Dyfodol’s Chair said;
“ We were very grateful of this opportunity to discuss the channel’s work and output with its Chief Executive. Clearly, the channel has a key role to play in promoting the language and our culture. It was also an opportunity to confirm our support for Welsh-language broadcasting, and we will be contributing our comments to the forthcoming review.”